Yesterday found a bizarre mix of stuff in a field. I had hit this field a couple of times before, finding a reale, an old ring, and a button from the 1870s or so.
Yesterday I hit a section where I had found a few musket balls. Found a few more (8 to be exact); are you kidding me?
And that doesn’t count the ones I didn’t dig, which was prolly just as many. These things come in at CO 30-35 on the E-Trac, and nothing good that I’m looking for lives there except half dimes and half reales, and these had a bigger sound, so I felt safe in leaving a few for the next guy. I’ve prolly found about 15 or so myself in this area over the years. Why so many in one spot?
When I posted this pic on Facebook, someone suggested they may be “canister shot”.
Who knew such a thing existed? I sure didn’t.
Anyway, I think he is right, cause they are all sort of in one place, and they do look more that color than lead that has been in the ground, and these were supposedly tin or tin-plated, tho one is definitely lead.
So, this is a Civil War era weapon. Who knew such a weapon would have been fired in Chester County, PA? I wonder under what circumstances? You’d need a pretty big gun to fire off one of these things. I have found no other old relics in the area. Very weird, and kinda cool when you think about it. Problem is, the area where these things are is at the corner of the field, so I’ll never find anything else to help solve this mystery.
Anyway, about 15 feet from this area was the most beautiful deep silver quarter sound you’d ever hear. You think of all the cool things it could be, like bust or seated, and all the lame things it prolly is, like a copper buckle or toasted large cent, and you are digging, digging so carefully not to hit it with the digger, and what you get? A 1962Q. Are you kidding me? It is the last thing I expected to find in an old field near these canister balls.
Yes, you can be disappointed when finding silver. But, silver coins are hard to find, so you always take them.
I then proceeded to find a war nickel, which came in at CO 24 or so on the E-Trac, (usually they come in at 15), and a 15 gram 10K white gold class ring dated 1975. All in the same field. Very bizarre. I will try to return the ring, but in past experience, that has been hard.